Outsmarting Overeating Boost Your Life Skills, End Your Food Problems

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  • Copyright: 2015-01-13
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Use Life Skills, Not Willpower, to Stop Overeating

The reason you turn to food when you’re stressed or distressed is that you don’t have better ways of managing life’s ups and downs. According to Karen R. Koenig, an expert on the psychology of eating, you can transform your eating habits — and your life — by developing effective life skills. When you have enhanced skills, you won’t need to turn to mindless eating to make it through the day and will get the best out of life rather than letting life get the best of you. With Koenig’s guidance, you’ll learn how to establish and maintain functional relationships, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, think rationally, and create a passionate, joyful, and meaningful life. When these behaviors take root and become automatic, food becomes what it is meant to be: nourishment and one of life’s many pleasures.

Author Biography

Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, MEd, is a psychotherapist with private clients, educator, eating coach, speaker, and expert on the psychology of eating. For the past 30 years, she has successfully treated people with major, long-term eating and weight problems. The author of six previous books, her writing has also appeared in social work journals (including Social Work Today and Eating Disorders Today and major newspapers (including The Boston Globe. She is frequently quoted as an expert in popular magazines and major newspapers. A founding member of the Greater Boston Collaborative for Body Image and Eating Disorders, she served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association. She has taught seminars and lectured at Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, the National Organization for Women, the University of South Florida Department of Social Work, and the Manatee Women’s Resource Center. She lives in Sarasota, FL.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Life Skills Preassessment 5

Chapter 1. The Definition and Purpose of Life Skills
Is Excelling at Cleaning My Plate a Life Skill? 11

Chapter 2. Wellness and Physical Self-Care
You Mean My Body’s Not Like a Self-Cleaning Oven? 29

Chapter 3. Handling Emotions
I Thought That’s What a Spoon and Fork Were For! 47

Chapter 4. Living Consciously
I’m Conscious Only of Wanting to Go Unconscious! 67

Chapter 5. Building and Maintaining Relationships
I Already Have a Great Relationship...with My Refrigerator! 85

Chapter 6. Self-Regulation
There’s Something Besides an On-Off Switch? 103

Chapter 7. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Is Critical Thinking Different from Thinking Critically about Myself? 123

Chapter 8. Setting and Reaching Goals
What If I Can’t Get There from Here? 141

Chapter 9. Balancing Work and Play
All Work and No Play Makes Jack . . . Crave a Snack! 161
Life Skills Postassessment 182

Chapter 10. Integrating Life Skills into Eating “Normally”
I Get It — Gain the Life Skills, Lose the Food Problem! 189

Acknowledgments 203
Notes 205
Index 209
About the Author 217

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